In The News
Montgomery Co. Police Train for Crisis Situations Involving People with Disabilities
WUSA9, September 12, 2013
Montgomery and Prince George's County police officers are learning to handle difficult situations.
The Montgomery County Police Crisis Intervention Team takes officers through a week-long training course. The classes help officers handle people with issues like traumatic brain injuries to out-of-control adolescents to hording disorders, and include tools to respond to a host of mental illness issues and developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Towards the end of the training, staff members from the Montgomery County Crisis Center act out different scenarios and officers respond as they would in a crisis.
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O'Malley Orders Developmental Disability Training Panel
Washington Post, September 23, 2013
Gov. Martin O’Malley has created a commission to help law enforcers and others better respond to incidents involving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He issued an executive order creating the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities on Tuesday.
O’Malley said in a statement that he created the panel partly in response to the death in January of a man with Down syndrome after a struggle with three off-duty deputies in Frederick. O’Malley met with Ethan Saylor’s family earlier this month.
The Commission will evaluate the training received by people who interact with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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CSS In The Spotlight
CSS Honored for Recycling Program Success
Community Support Services was honored May 22 for stepping up its recycling efforts over the past year.
CSS received the Outstanding Achievement in Recycling – Business award on May 22 at the 14th Annual Montgomery County Recycling Awareness Week Achievement Recognition Ceremony for its outstanding efforts in improving its on-site recycling and waste reduction.
About a year ago, CSS began a concentrated effort to educate individuals and staff about the proper way to recycle waste, including placing labeled containers all around the buildings. Individuals were engaged in the program, emptying the containers and sorting the contents several times a day – leaving no excuse to not recycle!
Several CSS individuals who helped the CSS recycling program because such a success attended the ceremony. The Federal Environment Executive Jonathan Powers joined County Executive Ike Leggett, Council Vice President Craig Rice and Department of Environmental Protection Director Boy Hoyt were in attendance to present the various awards.